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  February 27, 1929. Washington, D.C. "Testing installation for radio broadcast of the Inauguration.
" On the eve of the Great Depression, a sound check for the presidency of Herbert Hoover.

WEEKDAY EDITION:  Let's see here, perfect fall wx here this morning, 65 and sunny....Nearfest approaches, BC runs score up on hapless non-conference Wagner liberal pussy college, some things never change, but next weekend Clemson will kick their ass bigtime to make it up....I suggest renting a movie, trimming your toenails, or braiding your armpits tonite to avoid the Clinton-Trump lying contest...


Once a month in the summer, a small parking lot on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's campus transforms into a high-tech flea market known for its outlandish offerings. Tables overflow with antique radio equipment, some of it a century old. Visitors can buy a telescope that's the size of a cannon. One man has hauled in a NASA space capsule he owns.

It's known as Swapfest, a place where tinkerers from across New England go to buy and sell the gadgets they can't find in stores. Some arrive searching for parts to build robots. Others are amateur radio enthusiasts adding to their collections. For some, it's simply an outdoor museum of the strange and surprising.

"You can pretty much find all things nerdly," said Steve Finberg, an MIT alumnus and longtime organizer, who arrives every month wearing a cowboy hat and a bushy beard. "The flea is where you go to buy the stuff you didn't know you needed."

The event started 30 years ago as a campus fundraiser for student radio clubs at MIT. It still supports those groups, but it's grown far bigger. Sellers now drive from hours away to hawk their goods, some arriving the night before to claim marquee spots for their tables. Hundreds of shoppers come to browse every month.

New England hosts other flea markets with a high-tech spin, but this one has a reputation for drawing the rare and obscure. Some credit it to the market's location, surrounded by MIT and technology companies around Boston, whose retired equipment sometimes filters down to the sale tables.

"It's the high-tech community in Boston that makes it unique," said Finberg, who's also an engineer at an MIT-affiliated research lab. "People will bring surplus runs from production at some facility which dumped a project, and you'll find resistors that cost big bucks being sold for a dime apiece."

Some of the vendors are professionals, there to buy and sell electronics for a living. Others are amateurs, mostly there to clear out their garages. They all get the same warning: It's considered taboo to sell furniture, clothes or other typical yard-sale fare. The Swapfest has a charter explicitly barring it from becoming a general flea market.

Since the beginning, the event been held the third Sunday of the month, from April through October. Its tables fill a surface lot next to an MIT power plant, with dozens more in a nearby parking garage.

Among the crowd last Sunday were Neel Shah and Sasha Berisheva, two juniors at Northeastern University who are building a car that runs on chemical reactions. It's part of an annual competition at their university, and they came to rummage through boxes of electronic baubles, hoping to find capacitors for their project.

David Purrington brought his 10-year-old son, Alec, to check out radio gear, a shared hobby between the father and son from Needham, Massachusetts.

"My dad has gotten me into ham radio," Alec said, adding that he was in good company at the sale. "I would definitely call this a geekfest."

Among the items for sale at the latest gathering: an ultrasound machine, like those used to capture images of unborn infants, and a dish antenna, said to be plucked from a 1960s fighter jet.

One man, Tom Perera, routinely brings his collection of Engima machines, the ciphering devices that Germans used to pass coded messages in World War II.

Chuck Ochs has been a regular seller since 1991, stacking his table high with vintage radios and electronic testing equipment. His rarest item up for sale last week was a Crosley Model 51 radio from 1921, going for $100.

Over the years, Ochs has taken his collection to dozens of other sales, but he says none quite compare to MIT's flea.

"A lot of this stuff was thousands and thousands of dollars when it came out," said Ochs, of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts. "If it exists in the city, this is where you'll see it."

The Geomagnetic Blitz of September 1941

Seventy-five years ago, on 18–19 September 1941, the Earth experienced a great magnetic storm, one of the most intense ever recorded.

It arrived at a poignant moment in history, when radio and electrical technology was emerging as a central part of daily life and when much of the world was embroiled in World War II, which the United States had not yet officially entered.

The illuminated night sky exposed an Allied convoy to German attack.
Auroras danced across the night sky as voltage surged in power grid lines. A radio blackout interrupted fan enjoyment of a baseball game, while another radio program was interrupted by private phone conversations. Citizens, already on edge, wondered if neon lights were some sort of antiaircraft signal. And far away in the North Atlantic, the illuminated night sky exposed an Allied convoy to German attack.
These effects raised awareness within the scientific community and among the public of the societal significance of the effects that the Sun and outer space can have on the Earth—what we now call space weather.

Read the full article - The Geomagnetic Blitz of September 1941

ARRL Outgoing QSL Service to Raise Rates

Although ARRL believes it’s important to maintain the long-standing tradition of the ARRL Outgoing QSL Service as a membership benefit, increased administration costs will require an increase in rates, in order to keep the Service available and viable.

“The Service has been a member benefit for decades,” an ARRL statement said. “Since its official formation in November 1976, tens of millions of QSL cards have been shipped from ARRL Headquarters to Amateur Radio QSL bureaus of other national societies worldwide. At one time, this benefit offered a safe, reliable, and inexpensive way to exchange QSL cards for a fraction of the cost of the postal service. What Amateurs saved in financial cost, however, was made up for in time; it could take months, or even years, to send and receive a QSL through the bureau.”

Effective November 1, the rate for 1 ounce of outgoing QSLs via the Service will increase to match the 1 ounce USPS international postage rate. As of September 2016, this rate is $1.15 per ounce — about 10 cards. An additional service fee of $7 will be charged per individual transaction, to cover administrative costs.

WEEKEND EDITION: Well, NE Patriots played well Thursday night as well as the Red Sox....no wonder the rest of the country hates us. A bunch of whining liberals with winning teams, almost enough to piss me off.....BC plays patsy liberal arts college Wagner today, a bunny in their schedule. Wagner, who the hell ever heard of Wagner College?.....and screw Angelina and Brad, who gives a damn...Wouldn't it be something if Ortiz could reach 40 homeruns in his final season?....New England Nearfest coming up soon....

“RF Seismograph” Improved to Better Reflect Band Activity

The Scanning RF Seismograph, a real-time HF propagation-monitoring tool developed by the MDSR Team and Alex Schwarz, VE7DXW, now can show both combined band noise and activity and just band activity. The RF Seismograph, which covers 80, 40, 30, 20, 15, and 10 meters, is a project of the North Shore Amateur Radio Club (NSARC).

“We were able to extract signals from the noise and display the results in gray scale vertical lines — white is best propagation,” Schwarz said. “This separate display does not indicate changes in noise level.”

The site is in Lynn Valley (CN89li), North Vancouver, British Columbia, at 500 feet ASL. A transceiver connected to an omnidirectional multiband antenna monitors JT-65 frequencies on six HF bands (for 8 seconds each, repeating the scan every 52 seconds). Recorders monitor signals and background noise on a given band and display the results in six color-differentiated (one color per band), long-duration graphs covering 6 hours of scans. Vertical movement of the primary graph traces is caused by changes in noise level and by the reflection of noise off the D Layer off the ionosphere, Schwarz explained.    Story ARRL

Amateur Radio Credited with Helping Injured Cyclist

Members of the Huntsville Amateur Radio Club (HARC) in Alabama had a role in getting help for a Louisiana cyclist injured in a September 17 group ride in Madison County, Alabama.

A representative of the sponsoring Spring City Cycling Club told WHNT-19 News that a number of riders, including Brian Guerrero, fell as a motor vehicle was passing in the opposite direction. The club spokesperson said it was unlikely that the motorist caused or contributed to the accident, and an investigation continues. The club praised the action of first responders and first aid from fellow cyclists — a trauma surgeon and a nurse.  ARRL


STEPHEN: We open this week's report with word of an amateur radio first - one that went the distance of several thousand miles. We hear more from Amateur Radio Newsline's John Williams, VK4JJW

JOHN'S REPORT: Despite the 7,000 or so miles between them -- or perhaps because of it -- Roger Crofts VK4YB in Queensland, Australia and Steve McDonald VE7SL in British Columbia were able to accomplish a "first." On September 15, on 475.300 kHz -- that's the 630 meter band -- the Australian and the Canadian completed an unprecedented contact on the air using JT9 digital mode.
The QSO was called "historic" by John Langridge, KB5NJD, who holds an FCC Part 5 Experimental license WG2XIQ. John, who was in touch with both amateurs, called it the longest two-way QSO ever conducted on 630 meters.

That's not the only encouraging sign of success for 630 meters. In California, another amateur, Joe Lowe, NU6O, reported that Roger VK4YB had heard his WI2XBQ Experimental Service beacon on September 14, just a day earlier, while he was running very low power and a 43-foot vertical on WSPR mode.

Although both Canada and Australia can operate on 630 meters, that frequency is not available for use in the U.S. -- a proposed new secondary allocation for 630 meters was proposed in an April 2015 FCC report. Action is still pending.


STEPHEN: In Hawaii, it's only a test but it's a disaster could really happen, as we hear from Newsline's Graham Kemp, VK4BB.

GRAHAM: Imagine this: An earthquake with a magnitude of 9.2 sets off the The Great Aleutian Tsunami, putting the Hawaiian Islands at risk. The time it all unfolds is 9 a.m. local time. The date is Saturday, October 1st. That's right. October 1st, which means it hasn't happened yet, but that's the whole point: It could, if not on that date, then at some other time. So at 9 a.m. on October 1st, a Simulated Exercise Test will be held as if the tsunami were bearing down on Hawaii, a likelihood that has about a 9 percent chance of actually occurring in the next 50 years, according to the University of Hawaii.

All hams are encouraged to be a part of the exercise, which concludes at noon local time. The exercise is designed to sharpen amateurs' ability to work with state and county officials supporting their emergency communications both on Oahu and the other Hawaiian Islands. Hams will pass damage reports, situation reports and requests for assistance.

Obviously this will only be a test and, as if to underscore that, life will go on afterward: The Koolau Amateur Radio Club will hold its monthly meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 8th and the Emergency Amateur Radio Club of Honolulu plans to hold its monthly meeting a little later in the month, on October 18th at 7 p.m.  For more details, contact Clement Jung KH7HO, emergency coordinator for the ARRL's Pacific Section, at chmjung4@yahoo.com


STEPHEN: The Voice of America Bethany Relay Station will mark its 72nd anniversary on Saturday, September 24th with Special Event station WC8VOA operated by the West Chester Amateur Radio Association. Be listening between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Eastern Time in the U.S. The station in Bethany, Ohio, will be on SSB on a number of HF bands if conditions permit. Send QSL cards to the bureau or directly to the club in West Chester, Ohio. The historic relay station, one of three that had been used by the Voice of America, was closed Nov. 14, 1994.


STEPHEN: Another special event station is taking to the air - this time at a Sonoma County, California, air show. Here's Amateur Radio Newsline's Skeeter Nash, N5ASH:

SKEETER'S REPORT: On September 24th and 25th, the air over California's wine country in Sonoma County will be alive with planes doing acrobatic feats, jet demonstrations, vintage aircraft and warbirds. This year, it will also carry the voices of Technician class amateurs working their portion of the 10 meter band at Special Event Station K6W. The station is being operated by the Sonoma County Radio Amateurs at the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport where the airshow takes place.

The hams will be operating on 28.402 MHz to allow techs elsewhere to work them on HF, if propagation permits. Darryl Paule KI6MSP, the club's outreach coordinator, says although the club has had this Special Event station at the airshow for the past six years, this is the first time the Technician portion of 10 meters is part of the frequency lineup. It's a frequency familiar to the club's Tech class licensees because they've been using it for their new Tuesday night 10 meter Net, started earlier this year.

Darryl says that everyone's hoping that once the Technicians get a taste of working a Special Event station on HF, they might just think about upgrading and joining everyone on the rest of the bands.

Be listening for K6W on 20 meters and 40 meters, too. The station will be on the air from 10 am to 4 pm Pacific Time.


STEPHEN: Two more losses hit the global amateur community. We hear from Amateur Radio Newsline's Jeremy Boot, G4NJH:

JEREMY'S REPORT: A former president of the Radio Amateurs of Canada, Patrick George Doherty, VE3PD, has become a Silent Key.

The Ontario native became a licensed ham in 1974 as VE3HFS and over the years, as he changed call signs and pursued related interests, he used amateur radio as a ticket to travel, especially to places such as Siberia or the South Pacific and for DX vacations.

Patrick died on Sept. 5 at the age of 81. Radio Amateurs of Canada plan a tribute article about him in the November/December issue of Canadian Amateur magazine.

Meanwhile, in the UK, hams are mourning the death of Terry Barnes, GI3USS, who had been president of the Radio Society of Great Britain in 1992. His election, which followed an extended period as a volunteer for the group, marked the first presidency by a GI amateur in 25 years. Terry had also worked as a radio technician for the police in Northern Ireland, where he had been Zonal Council member for the RSGB.

Peter Chadwick, G3RZP, who was Terry's vice president and succeeded him as president, recalled how he and Terry pulled off a Radio Society "first" by going together to Dayton Hamvention. He wrote, on the RSGB website, that their presence at the Ohio gathering was such a success that it set a precedent for subsequent years.


STEPHEN: As ABC TV's "Last Man Standing" enters its sixth season Friday, Sept. 23, news comes that the popular show is now in national syndication and seen in markets around the country. Episodes featuring Tim Allen as a ham radio operator are now available on The Hallmark Channel, Country Music Television and Freeform, formerly known as ABC Family. Our thanks to the show's producer John Amodeo NN6JA for this good news. Now we have more ways to tune in and copy Mike Baxter KA0XTT.


STEPHEN: The leaves may be coming down in some parts of the U.S., but the antennas are going up. Amateur Radio Newsline's Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, tells us how some amateurs are seizing this change of seasons.

NEIL's REPORT : If you enjoy operating at 100 watts or even less here's a high-powered event to enjoy with your low-power operation: The 100 Watts and a Wire ham radio community wants everyone to grab their portable radios and head outdoors on October 8th and 9th and get on the air.

The event is called FALLOUT. Operators are being encouraged to call "CQ 100 Watts and a Wire FALLOUT" on any and all bands. Whether the location is a city, state or national park, or somewhere else outdoors - and whether hams operate solo or as a group or club - the idea is to get outdoors while the temperatures are still friendly and listen for some friendly voices as well.

If you're a member of the 100 Watts and Wire community, exchange your 100 Watts ID numbers with one another. If you're not a member of the community, participate anyway and collect QSOs with members. Fall will be getting under way - what better time to harvest a bumper crop of QSL cards?


STEPHEN: A 6-year-old global tradition continues with yet another Digital Amateur TV QSO Party. Here's Amateur Radio Newsline's Paul Braun, WD9GCO.

PAUL'S REPORT: The sixth annual DATV QSO Party kicks off on Friday the 23rd of September from Melbourne with VK-only contacts. This includes VK2, VK3, VK4 VK5 and VK7. VK3RTV will again be streamed in Standard Definition on YouTube courtesy of Ralph Parkhurst, VK3LL, who will advise on the link address beforehand. The YouTube link is considered the best way for viewing beyond VK3RTV's own coverage area. VK3RTV will also be streamed on the BATC website to provide additional coverage. The QSO Party will begin at 1000 UTC.

Then, at 0000 UTC on Saturday, the 24th of September -- which is 8 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on September 23rd and 5 p.m. Pacific Time -- the QSO Party will continue through the DATV repeater WR8ATV in Columbus Ohio. Shortly afterward, following a break, the W6ATN network in Southern California will join. If you are in Australia or the U.S. and wish to participate via Skype, send requests to the Skype name 'datvqsoparty.' Please only send requests and do not place any phone calls. Your call will be returned during a designated time slot.

DATV QSO parties have been held since 2011, when the first one was organized to mark the 100th anniversary of Amateur Radio Victoria.


STEPHEN: Throughout the UK, hams await opening day for National Hamfest. It's a big deal, as we hear once again from Newsline's Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

JEREMY'S REPORT: Final preparations are under way for the UK's largest radio rally, the National Hamfest, which begins on the 30th of September and runs through the 1st of October. Attendees will gather at the Newark and Nottinghamshire Showground from around the UK, Europe and the Far East.

The Camb-Hams, part of the Cambridgeshire Repeater Group, will again be on site operating their special event station GB16NH, operating this year from their Flossie Mk2 which was built this past winter to replace the original aging vehicle. Anyone attending the hamfest is welcome to operate with the club as GB16NH. If you wish to operate under your own callsign, you'll need to bring a copy of your license.

For more details, visit nationalhamfest.org.uk


STEPHEN: Back home the United States. Boy Scouts have three more activations of K2BSA and are prepping for Jamboree on the Air next month. We hear more from Newsline's Bill Stearns, NE4RD.

BILL's REPORT: This week in Radio Scouting we have 3 activations of the K2BSA callsign in HI, NY, and OR, and a chance for a prize for sending in your post-JOTA report.

Evan Esaki, WH6ECG, will be the control operator for the portable KH6 station at the Ko'olau KapioLani District Camporee at Bellows Air Force Station on the island of Oahu, HI on October 1st from 1830 to 2130 UTC.  Scouts at the camp will be able to carry on conversations on IRLP (node 3197) or on DMR (TAC 310 and local Hawaii talk groups) through nearby UHF repeaters, courtesy of Carter, KH6FV.

Michael Hartling, N8YHC, will be the control operator for the portable 2 station at the Twin Rivers Council 25th Anniversary Camporee in Schatighticoke, NY, on  October 1st from 13:00 - 20:00 UTC.  Karen KS2O, Mac W2VLT, members of the Troy Amateur Radio Association and Mike, will be operating 20 and 40 meters at the event where they are expecting around 3000 scouts..

Russ Michiewicz, N7QR, will be the control operator for the portable 7 station at the Webelos Woods event at Camp Meriwether in Cloverdale, OR, on October 1st.  Russ will have a GOTA station likely on 20 and 40 meters.

JOTA is the weekend of October 14th through the 16th.  Last year we had about 50% of the registered stations send in a post-JOTA report.  In an effort to encourage this follow-up to the event, Icom America and Ray Novak, N9JA, have incentivized BSA registered stations with a chance to win an ID-51A for their station for completing this step.

For more information on K2BSA, JOTA resources, and radio scouting, please visit http://www.k2bsa.net/.


STEPHEN: We end this week's report with a plea from Oklahoma hams seeking help restoring a tower and antenna following some serious storm damage. This isn't just any tower and antenna: They belong to the amateur radio club aboard the historic USS Oklahoma and USS Batfish in Muskogee War Memorial Park. Here's Newsline's Mike Askins KE5CXP.

MIKE: The USS Batfish, a World War II submarine that sank numerous enemy vessels in battle, stood strong against one storm last July when it swept through Oklahoma, but the same cannot be said for the amateur radio tower near the vessel's home in Muskogee War Memorial Park. Winds, clocked at times at 140 miles an hour, took down the tower used by the USS Oklahoma & USS Batfish Amateur Radio Club, and also damaged the vertical antenna on the Batfish. The club uses the call signs WW2SUB and WW2OK for the Batfish and the Oklahoma, respectively, and is looking to get repairs done before December 7th and the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The club's president, Mitch Hull KE5H asks that hams respond to the club's "Go Fund Me" page or contribute via PayPal to treasurer Gary Burch W5ODS. You'll find both links in this week's newscast script on the Amateur Radio Newsline website, arnewsline.org

Mitch says that donations are NOT tax deductible but they would most certainly be appreciated.

Links are: PayPal.Me/BatfishTowerProject and www.gofundme.com/ussBatfishARC


New England Hams you might run across on 3864 or 3910.........

K1TP- Jon....Editor of As The World Turns....
W1STS- Scott...philosopher, hat
KB1JXU- Matthew...75 meter regular...our token liberal Democrat out of VT

KA1BXB-Don....75 meter Regular......residing on the Cape of Cod, flying planes and playing radio
KMIG-Rick....75 Meter Regular....teaches the future of mankind, it's scary!
W1GWU-Bob....one of the Hosstrader's original organizers, 75 meter regular, Tech Wizard!!!
K1PEK-Steve..Founder of Davis-RF....my best friend from high school 

K9AEN-John...Easy going ham found at all the hamfests
WB1DVD- Gil....Gilly..Gilmore.....easy going, computer parts selling, New England Ham..
K1JEK-Joe...Easy going, can be found at most ham flea market ...Cobra Antenna builder..
K1BXI- John.........Dr. Linux....fine amateur radio op ....wealth of experience...
KA1GJU- Kriss- Tower climbing pilot who cooks on the side at Hosstrader's...
KB1CJG-"Cobby"- Low key gent can be found on many of the 75 meter nets.........
N1XW.....Mike-easy going, Harley riding kind of guy!
W1XER...Scott....easy going guy, loves to split cordwood and hunt...
K1BQT.....Rick....very talented ham, loves his politics, has designed gear for MFJ...
W1KQ- Jim-  Retired
Air Force Controller...told quite a few pilots where to go!
N1OOL-Jeff- The 3936 master plumber and ragchewer...
K1BRS-Bruce- Computer Tech of 3936...multi talented kidney stone passing ham...
K1BGH- Arthur, Cape Cod, construction company/ice cream shop, hard working man....
W1VAK- Ed, Cape Cod, lots of experience in all areas, once was a Jacques Cousteus body guard....
KD1ZY- Warren....3910 regular
N1IOM- Paul.....3910 test king....testing......always right....
N1YSU- Bob,  easy going, kind of like Mr. Rogers until politics are brought up then watch out...
K1BNH- Bill- Used to work for a bottled gas company-we think he has been around nitrous oxide to long .

K1PV- Roger....75 meter regular, easy going guy...

Silent KeyWB1AAZ- Mike, Antrim, NH, auto parts truck driver-retired
Silent Key W1OKQ- Jack....3936 Wheeling and Dealing......keeping the boys on there toes....
Silent Key W1TCS- Terry....75 meter regular, wealth of electronic knowledge...
Silent Key WIPNR- Mack....DXCC Master, worked them all!.. 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key
WILIM- Hu....SK at 92... 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key N1SIE- Dave....Loves to fly
Silent Key:
N1WBD- Big Bob- Tallest ham, at 6'10", of the 3864 group and owner of Peanut (silent key)- mascot....
Silent Key: W1FSK-Steve....Navy Pilot, HRO Salesman, has owned every radio ever built!
Silent Key: W4NTI-Vietnam Dan....far from easy going cw and ssb op on 14275/313
Silent Key:K1FUB-Bill- Loved ham radio........Ham Radio Ambassador!
Silent Key: K1GAR- John- Very colorful character!......self appointed "hambassador" by Gordon West.....
Silent Key: N1GXW-Frank-Mellow Mainer..........
Silent Key:W1JSH-Mort- Nice fellow to talk to on 3936 on the early afternoon session

Silent Key: K4WHO-Kerry-Mellow ham, professional musician, one of the nice guys on14313....